Sixt does suck
I'm in Texas with the family for the week, we have yet another Yukon XL. Drives nice but totally gutless.
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13 F250 XLT 6.7 CCSB (current) - 17 F350 Platinum 6.7 CCSB (on order) | 17 Explorer Sport | 87 Buick Regal GN | 14 Mustang GT | 37 Plymouth Coupe | 16 Kawasaki Mule Pro-Fxt
BF has a rental Ford Fusion this week in Ecoboost trim & pretty loaded. Feels peppy and steering is much, much, MUCH better than the Kia Optima SX from a few months ago. Mood lighting, hard buttons for important stuff, & car play. No quirks with the interface so far.
What I don't get is why cars don't offer more USB ports. Hyundai/Kia seems to offer dual ports in every recent model so thirty something thousand dollar Fords should too.
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Renting a car from the "intermediate" class, which appears to be these (Enterprise):
Toyota Corolla, Ford Focus, Hyundai Elantra, Kia Forte, Nissan Sentra, Honda Civic, Chevrolet Cruze
Is there one I should choose over the other? This is for a 2 hour trip for 4-5 people. My first pick would be the Civic but those seem to be few and far in-between at rental agencies.
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My rental for this week. I have a rental car four days a week for work.
Jeep Cherokee Latitude 4x4 with the 3.2l V6.
Interior: They tried so hard in certain places, like with the soft touch dash and stiching, but the center stack has the standard horrible fleet car look. Massive buttons with huge font telling you what they do. The plastic by the infotainment is hilariously cheap and ruins all of that effort FCA did with the dash and door cards. The seats SUCK. Manual seats, no lumbar. I am 6'2" and cannot get the seat to go any lower, there is too much pressure and angle on the back of my lower thighs. The steering wheel is somehow too far away (Fails the wrist on top fitting), even sitting nearly vertical with the seat pretty far forward.
Exterior: The front end will never grow on me. The rest is totally fine.
Driving: Steering is ok, I wish it had decent return to center, but most Chrysler products do not. I know it is a rental car, but the transmission just isn't good. I typical ignore this, unless it is horrid. It feels weezy, I swore it was a multi-air, but I popped the hood to find the V6. Sounds like a four banger, and drives like one.
Summary: I'd never recommend one to anyone, but I do not hate it. However, I certainly do not like it either.
Edit: Trans likes to lag between D and R.
Engine power is fine, it just sounds like a 4 banger. Pentastar not fit?
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I had a Renault Megane sport tourer in Italy for a rental last week, Pretty fun car for what it was
91 GMC Syclone-build in process
98 Jeep Cherokee- Caged offroad toy
00 Jeep Cherokee- Daily Driver
06 Jetta GLI, APR stg2, lowered,... -->SOLD
08 Duramax- Toy rig (474hp, 725ft-lbs)
Ended up in a Sonata SE (other option was an Altima ) with 30k on the odo.
Big, but does not drive big
Good fuel economy, car said 32.5MPG over 300 miles, I hand-calculated about 32.7
VERY comfortable seats! Did not feel tired/uncomfortable at all during 2+ hours of driving.
Good amount of features for trim level
Not as much rear leg room as some others
Brakes felt terrible although I'll chalk that up to the mileage
Wind noise sounded little high at times
Rear doors sound terrible
Hard to see the gauges in direct sunlight
Steering was very, very numb. This was probably the biggest issue I had with the car. It's so disconnected and vague that a Camry (or even my car) seems like a sports car in comparison. Would not even consider buying a Hyundai for this reason alone.
2017 Cruze Premier Sedan.
In a few words: I like it.
Drives great. Steering is a bit too light, but precise. I wonder if different tires would fix it. The ride is smooth. Handling on on-ramps and sharp corners is fun. Torque steer is there, while not horrible, it isn't great. Interior is nice. I wish it had lumbar support, and perforated cooled seats.
I might pass on one simply due to the lack of lumbar, maybe a different trim has it.
After having a few Cruzes for loaners, I totally would rock a hatch back model.
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I had this 2017 Ford Focus SEL over the weekend while they did the door latch recall on my FFE.
I'm obviously a fan of the Focus in general with its excellent handling and overall refinement that few cars in its class can touch. There are some minor improvements they've added over the years like a soundscreen windshield and better door lock placement. This particular car also had the best implementation of Powershift that I've experienced so far. Unlike my car that supposedly has a Sony stereo, this one actually had a subwoofer and that makes for a big improvement in audio performance.
Every single reviewer crows about Sync 3 being far superior to MyFord Touch, but I don't share the sentiment. I could never get Sync 3 to reconnect with Pandora after getting in the car and starting. You could do it after a minute or so, but I'd be rather annoyed to live with it. I've got a Samsung Galaxy S7, so it's not exactly a niche device. It seemed as glitchy to me as MFT in its earlier iterations. I get that its a better layout overall and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto is nice, but my day to day experience left me disappointed.
Another complaint: On this particular car, it's not possible to turn off the dome lights. That's not cool when you come home with a sleeping baby and you want to get him to his crib without waking. What a strange omission.
I mentioned that this was the best of Powershift, and if that sounds like I'm damming it with faint praise, you'd be right. They've gone to great lengths to make it feel as much like a traditional automatic as possible. Shifts are very slow and soft, which makes me wonder if they're really getting any fuel economy benefit anymore. It also gets very flummoxed when you call for a multi-gear downshift. Can't help but wonder if the reason these boxes fail so much is they weren't intended to wear the clutches as much as the programming now calls for after people complained about "rough" (ie like a regular manual) shifting.
Overall, I still very much enjoy the Focus, but that GM-Ford 9 speed can't come soon enough for this car. We probably won't see it until the car gets redesigned for MY 2019 though.
I was actually fairly impressed with it. The led lighting was cool and the headlights and interior were outstanding. There are more USB ports in the armrest/center console.
Still I just paired up my phone and bluetooth was fine. The Sony radio was quite decent too.
compared to the usual fullsize altima or or charger, it blew them all away.
The only thing that sucked is that i swear it only had an 8 gallon gas tank. had to stop every 260 miles or so for gas, even though it got a steady 40ish mpg.
2017 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5i - 2016 Ford Explorer Limited
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